Asia-Pacific Privacy Law: assurance via certification and audit

April 1, 2010
As discussed in previous articles, many Asia-Pacific countries have implemented privacy statutes. While each has its own unique provisions, they tend to utilize the same core principles as the APEC Privacy Framework (2005). Corporations that operate in the region must comply with the statutes for each country in which they do business and will also want to demonstrate their commitment to the protection of personal information.

Security, fines, and systems-based regulation—the UK’s new legal battleground

April 1, 2010
The regulation of data protection in the UK enters a new era on 6 April when the Information Commissioner’s power to levy fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) comes into effect. While the legislation introducing the fine refers to breaches of the data protection principles, we can expect that the fine will be targeted mostly at security breaches and data loss and the other terrors addressed by the seventh data protection principle.

Privacy 50 years from now

April 1, 2010
How has privacy law evolved in the last 50 years? What will it look like in 2060? On January 29, the California Law Review gathered together some of the world’s top privacy law scholars and practitioners to explore these questions. The symposium, “Prosser’s Privacy at Fifty,” held at UC Berkeley School of Law, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Dean William Prosser’s landmark article, “Privacy,” 48 California Law Review 383 (1960), among the most influential law review articles in history.

Anything but irrational

April 1, 2010
Dan Ariely is the author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University, and visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab. He will present a keynote at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit on April 20. In this Privacy Advisor Q&A, Dan discusses how his research applies to decisions we make about privacy.

Perfect remembering? Forget about it.

April 1, 2010
The Privacy Advisor is pleased to bring you this Q&A with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, and associate professor of public policy and director of the Information and Innovation Policy Research Centre at the LKY School of Public Policy/National University of Singapore. He will present a keynote at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit on April 21.

More than “checking the box” in information protection training and awareness

April 1, 2010
This article is the second in an ongoing series in which leading organizations share best practices on addressing the human factor in compliance and information protection programs and implementing a successful privacy and information security awareness and training initiative.

10 in 2010: A chat with Alan Chapell

April 1, 2010
In our continuing series to celebrate the IAPP’s tenth anniversary, this month we check in with long-time member and prolific Privacy Advisor contributor Alan Chapell. Prior to his career in privacy, Alan made a living as a musician. Today he parlays his creative energy into his consulting firm. So, how does one go from rockin’ out on stage with the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen to being appointed privacy ombudsman on some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the U.S.?

Greetings!

March 31, 2010
Last month three Google executives were convicted on privacy violations in an Italian court. They were found guilty of failing to comply with Italian privacy law in allowing a disparaging video to be posted online.

As anticipated, the ruling sparked a renewed debate about who is responsible for data uploaded to Web sites. As Google global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said, the decision raises questions for operators of many Internet platforms.

Time to say goodbye? Choosing to log off—permanently—in a social networking world

March 31, 2010
Social networking. Whether we're tweeting, blogging or answering that now-famous question, "what's on your mind?" it's clear that we enjoy our time online. In fact, the world's largest social networking site, Facebook, recently announced it has an estimated 400 million users. It would seem that this movement to interact socially via computer is only gaining momentum.

The virtues of deleting

March 31, 2010
For millennia, forgetting has been easy for us humans. It's built into the way we work. Biologically, we forget most of what we experience, think and feel every day.

Remembering has required extra effort--a bit of money or time. In the digital age, this has become reversed. Today, remembering is the default, and forgetting the exception--cumbersome and time-consuming.

Easily recording and keeping accessible the information treasures of humankind has tremendous advantages. It increases efficiency, enhances trust and may even help us transcend (at least informationally) one of the most fundamental limitations of our existence: mortality.

Notes From the Executive Director

March 1, 2010
Earlier this month there was a flare up in the debate about whether people care about privacy. Those on both sides of the issue presented their views at events and in the popular press.

The Memorandum of Montevideo

March 1, 2010
The Memorandum on the Protection of Personal Data and Privacy in Internet Social Networks, Specifically in Relation to Children and Adolescents—better known as the Memorandum of Montevideo—was presented in Mexico on December 3, 2009.

The human factor in compliance: best practices from the trenches

March 1, 2010
This article is the first in a series contributed by MediaPro, Inc., in which privacy and data protection thought leaders from leading organizations share best practices for addressing the human factor in compliance and data protection programs and implementing a successful privacy and data security awareness and training initiative

Healthcare privacy in 2010

March 1, 2010
A lot is happening in the healthcare world, with the implications of healthcare reform leading the list. What can we expect to see as the major developments in healthcare privacy and security in 2010?

Asia-Pacific data privacy laws: model corporate privacy principles

March 1, 2010
Corporations that operate in and collect or process personal data in Asia-Pacific countries need to have comprehensive privacy policies addressing these countries’ data privacy laws. Is it possible to create a single policy that achieves such a broad coverage? The answer is yes, but Asia, unlike Europe, does not have broad regional directive requiring member states to enact local data privacy laws conforming to certain principles.

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